Cairo streets locked down ahead of Brotherhood protests

CAIRO: Egyptian army and police forces closed most entrances to Cairo and Giza on Friday, hours before demonstrations announced by the Muslim Brotherhood were scheduled to begin.

The closure of major roads follows an assassination attempt against the Minister of the Interior on Thursday in Nasr City by a bomb that exploded inside a car.

Military and police forces have established checkpoints on many major highways inside the Egyptian capital, especially those leading to the squares which might be a destination for sit-ins.

The army closed all entrances to the Mustafa Mahmoud Square, which is a popular sight for protests.

Security sources have confirmed that orders were issued to activate additional security measures in front of vital institutions, ministries and government bodies during demonstrations of MB supporters. The source added that explosives experts would be deployed in subway and train stations.

An initial police investigation into Thursday’s attack has indicated it may have been a committed by suicide bomber; body parts were found at the scene.  The incident resulted in the injury of 10 police officers and 11 civilians, including a 7 year old child, whose injuries required his foot be amputated.

Last week there was an exchange of fire between army troops and unknown gunmen in the neighborhood of Mohandessin, and was originally suspected to be politically motivated, but is now considered to be related to a theft.

Translated from Youm7.

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